2017 Spark Award Recipients


"My ultimate vision is to show that adults with disabilities are contributors rather than consumers, and the coffee industry is only one pathway within that vision. I have learned to always put a large sense of pride toward internal forces, my associates. They are often more of the face of the business than I am. I strive to help associates build a sense of pride for our business creation, so their self-esteem and overall quality of life shines outwardly."

Bobbi Custer
Spotted Cow Coffeehouse
2017 Spark Awards Recipient


"It is my goal to help anyone, any individual, business or organization through print and any other means I have possible. Traxler Printing has made a diligent effort to support all of Central Ohio. From individuals to nonprofits, schools, and businesses. We all have one common goal - to grow and spread our message as far and wide as we can."

Zachary Traxler
Owner, Operator
Traxler Printing
2017 Spark Award Recipient


"We wanted to open our own social enterprise: a coffee shop and coworking space with a social mission to reduce infant mortality in Franklinton. It's our vision for our business model to become a blueprint to be able to empower low-income residents to become small business owners and also give back to their community through a social entrepreneurship model across the city and across the country."

Victoria Calderon & Virginia Nunes
Co Owners
Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op
2017 Spark Awards Recipient

We proudly honor these additional members of the 2017 Spark Awards Class:

  • Aunt Flow
  • Lubna Designs
  • Natural Wood Mirrors
  • System of Strength
  • Trinity Refund Processing
  • Warhol & WALL ST.
  • Whole Home Comfort
  • VIP Waste Services